Review: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Posted November 11th, 2014 in book review / 21 comments

Review: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFeversMortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers on November 14, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

In the powerful conclusion to Robin LaFever's New York Times bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy, Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.  

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind, doesn’t mean she has.

At A Glance

Loved it, but it was the weakest of the trilogy.

The Good

I can’t believe this is the end. I don’t even want to think about not reading about these characters’ new adventures ever again. Everyone knows I love assassin books. But His Fair Assassin series was different. It had the perfect amount of romance and history mixed in. I love that LaFevers took true events in history and twisted them into a tale of magic, love, and death.

Mortal Heart starts with Annith still stuck in the convent as her friends fight and kill for the country, Duchess, and God they love. But nefarious motives and decisions from the people she trusted has forced Annith to leave her home and find a new path. Annith is an amazing character because she is the perfect mix of sweet, gentle, fierce, and deadly. She is also a phenomenal assassin. How she hones her skills, how she practices until she obtains perfection, it’s all so admirable. I think Annith grows more than any character in the series, and that’s saying something. Her journey is long and complicated, but the knowledge she gains, both good and bad, is worth it in the end.

Balthazaar was such a great addiction to the series. I love how mysterious he stays throughout the whole novel. I was shocked by the things we learn about him in the end. I mean, wow, didn’t see that coming. He too is a great mix of gentle and fierce. He is the strong but silent type, which worked for him. His story was probably the most satisfying as it came to an end.

We get to see all of our old, favorite characters in action, which was pretty much the best part of the book. The plot was great and the action was pretty good. The twists and turns were what made this book. I am still in a state of shock with some of the reveals. I hate to see such a great series end, but I am happy it ended so well.

The Bad

With how strong the romance was in the other two books, I was expecting a better connection between Annith and Balthazaar.

We were left with many questions unanswered. Not huge important ones, but stuff I really wanted to know about, like the fate of certain people.

I think I loved the first two books so much, that this amazing book felt just plain normal good in comparison. It didn’t feel as exciting.

The Snuggly

I loved Annith. I loved Balthazaar. But together they didn’t spark as much as I hoped they would. I think they just needed to spend more time together. But I still liked them together. There is sex but it is skipped over so very YA.

Final Thoughts

A good ending to a great series. Not perfect by any means, but I knew it was impossible to top Dark Triumph, but LaFevers still rocked my socks off with Mortal Heart. Highly recommended.


“I am sorry. I did not see you. Normally you are lurking in the corners or skulking in the shadows, not standing in plain sight.”
“I never skulk, and lurk only sometimes.”  


“I am beginning to think that love itself is never wrong. It is what love can drive people to do that is the problem.”  


“Oh no. Do not start leaking. Ismae, come over here and hug her so we can all pretend it never happened and get on with our lives.”  


“We are all of us, gods and mortals, made up of many pieces, some of them broken, some of them scarred, but none of them the total sum of who we are.”  


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21 Responses to “Review: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers”

  1. Jaclyn Canada

    So glad to hear you enjoyed the entire series. I have it on my to-read list for sure. I love the concept, and glad to hear that the shocks keep coming. I love it when I can be surprised. Great review!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Oh, you will love this series. I don’t see you read historical books that often, but these are the best kind.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I really, really, like when everything is solved at the end of a series, which is a little far-fetched, but hey, it’s what I like.

  2. Christy

    The weakest, eh? That’s okay, because it has a lot to hold up to against Dark Triumph. I just won’t go in with expectations to high.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I swear, nothing was ever going to beat Dark Triumph. NOTHING! Effing book gold!

  3. Red Iza

    Too bad this book wasn’t as good as the others, maybe there’ll be a sequel to solve all unanswered questions ? I need to take a close look at this series anyway, thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Livia @ Butterfly-o-Meter Books

    Mmmm yeah, I’m gonna wait a while before I read it, just read Dark Triumph and I don’t wanna compare them with little time between reads, lol. I freaking loved the first 2 and I want the series to end with a bang for me 😀

    Awesome review, and I agree 100%, Dark Triumph is so good, it’s quite impossible to top it off. Much love Robin LaFevers!!

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